When you think of a show home you think of a very new construction with conventional staging – it looks nice enough, and gives you an idea of how the space could function, but has an artificial feel to it. Rarely, does a show home look this thought out and detailed. As part of a new development located right outside Calgary called Watermark, the team at Alykhan Velji Designs collaborated with Wolf Custom Homes to create this home in a style that they call “prairie modern”. 

“‘Prairie Modern’ is a look that is comforting, inviting, warm, but also has modern and unexpected elements,” said Alison Connor, Junior Interior Designer at Alykhan Velji Designs. It’s a style that is a controlled eclectic mix of different elements: traditional, rustic and contemporary. The main focus of this type of interior design? The millwork. “We worked very closely with the millworkers on the design for each of the areas especially the kitchen,” she explained. “We love the feature wall with the oak cabinetry that is framed out in white with the cornice detail. It gives the kitchen an open airiness but also a stately quality.” The large stove area features details that have a rustic, countryside feel to it, with the extractor neatly hidden within it. However, true to that “unexpected” quality that Alison referred to, the mint green island is a fun optimistic touch to the space.

Next to the kitchen is the dining room – an area of the home that the team at Alykhan Velji Designs wanted to feel substantial. With a dark stained pedestal dining table and a modern brass light fixture, the space has gravitas, while the wishbone chairs on both ends of the table refer back to the more relaxed, natural style of the home. Moving on from the dining room into the living room, they wanted this room to feel more formal than the others, therefore utilizing more traditional elements. Two transitional sofas in a beige linen fabric flank the in-house custom designed fireplace. On the sofas are an array of varied patterned throw pillows: “They all have mismatched patterns in tones of greys and blues and create a subtle graphic statement,” Alison said. “We also love a good gallery wall. This one above the sofa is a mix of botanical prints, organic materials, and prints of Parisian streetscapes.”

Heading up the light and airy staircase to the sleeping quarters, the master bedroom is quite a prominent room with moldings and an ensuite bathroom. “All master retreats should be places of sanctuary and this one is no exception,” she explained, “the furniture pieces were kept fairly minimal and modern in tones of soft beiges and greys that were in keeping with a calming and tranquil space.” Speaking of sanctuary, the master bathroom continues that soothing luxe effect with its herringbone marble floors, spacious mint green walk-in shower, and freestanding tub. It takes the concept of show home to a whole new level, not just showing you what is possible but having you dream about it.